Program Overview

The Eastern Oregon University Low Residency MFA Program is a two-year, 60-credit-hour program. In June and January of each year, students are required to spend two years in residence at EOU. These June and January residencies allow the nurturing of creativity and the academic rigor necessary to produce high caliber writing. These residencies are the core of the MFA experience. Intensive study, writing, interaction, discussion, and tutorials takes place in workshops, seminars, lectures and readings led by faculty and visiting writers. Students are also mentored one-on-one by faculty on a regular basis, and should expect to give evidence of progress in their writing. Students should expect to devote all of their time and attention to full participation in the residencies, which are demanding but crucial to their development as writers.

At the conclusion of the residencies, students are expected to complete 25 hours of study and writing per week for the duration of the program and should be able to remain disciplined as they carry on their solitary off-site work under the close supervision of faculty mentors. The Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing is unique in its proximity to the Grande Rhone Valley, which has been the cultural and literary hub of northeastern Oregon along with EOU. An MFA from EOU will provide aspiring writers with the inspiration to take their craft and careers to the next level. EOU and La Grande provide a breathtaking and perse landscape on which to base your creative expression.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


    Students must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0, calculated on either of the following two options: (a) Last 60 quarter hours completed of undergraduate upper-division coursework; or (b) 15 quarter hours of approved graduate-level coursework.

    School Overview

    Eastern Oregon University is a four-year public state university located in La Grande, Oregon. Founded in 1929, the university began as a preparatory school for teachers and was originally known as the Eastern Oregon Normal School. The university underwent yet a name change in the 1970s and became known as Eastern Oregon State College, which remained until 1997 when the university adopted its current name.

    Student at EOU can earn degrees at the associate's, bachelor’s, and master’s level in addition to post-secondary certificates. Eastern Oregon University offers in business administration, history, psychology, public administration and many more. Many of EOU's bachelor's and master's degrees are available in online or hybrid formats, as well as undergraduate and graduate level certifications and endorsements.


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